Cat using raised bed as litter box -- help!
I have a raised bed (built last year) that gave us a summer's worth of beautiful vegetables and herbs.
In the fall, I planted spinach, lettuce and carrots. Throughout the fall and early winter our cat decided to use the raised bed as a litter box. Cat poop is semi-buried and on the surface throughout the bed. I didn't eat any of the cool weather veggies; it killed me to just pull them and throw them out.
I am getting ready to put my indoor veggie seedlings out and don't want a repeat occurrence. I've heard so many solutions: Fence (which seems silly for a small raised bed), planting lavender around the edge, sprinkling cayenne (and reapplying after rain), even putting dog hair (from a groomer) around the perimeter to discourage cats (and even deer).
Does anyone know of a good, cheap, easy fix for this?
And before planting, should I just skim off the top 3-4" of littered soil or empty the entire bed and start over with new soil?
Thanks in advance!